A Year Ends, A Year Begins

Posted by: Dave Douglas on December 23, 2016 @ 1:28 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Perennials

Getting ready to close out a great year for creative music! A challenging year in some other ways, admittedly…

We are aiming to reach a new high in our community of subscribers. If you listen to the music we make — my music, that of Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Linda Oh, Greg Ward, podcasts, special releases, we would really like to hear from you. To make this sustainable, we are looking to gather just a few more subscribers before the year ends. That could be you!

In January, we will release the first tracks of our 2017 Subscription Series, Metamorphosis, featuring myself, Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith, Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell (on modular synth), Yasushi Nakamura, and Andrew Cyrille. It’s a series you are not going to want to miss. The project will play live at Lincoln Center in New York on March 3 and 4.

To further entice you to join us as this year ends, subscribers at Levels 2 and 3 will get Paperback edition CDs of the 2015 Serial Sessions, and the 2016 New Sanctuary.

I hope you’ll join us now — we depend on your support as we move into what will be a very challenging new cycle. We will always keep producing great creative music in response!

Best wishes for the holiday season and beyond.


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Praise for High Risk

Posted by: mark on June 29, 2015 @ 5:02 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Press


HIGH RISK is officially one week old. We appreciate everyone’s support and are shipping out orders as fast as we can. Buy your copy here. Plenty of folks have great things to say about HIGH RISK the album and live performances alike:


I’ve seen Dave Douglas three times in the last few years in Ottawa, each time at the helm of a different band. But only on Friday night did I see Douglas at the beginning of his show, literally jumping on the spot as the music pulsed, seemingly extra excited to get busy and join in with the sounds around him. read more >>>



Among brand-name contemporary jazz musicians, few have embraced change and experimentation like trumpeter Dave Douglas. For years he seemed to form a new group every few months, each with a particular mission or focus—though lately he’s settled down. On this year’s Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) he flexes the mainstream chops at his core during an excellent set with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and the collective Sound Prints (the recording is the latest in a series celebrating the music of saxophonist Wayne Shorter). His most recent project, however, finds him pushing boundaries again. read more >>>



Play it safe? Dave Douglas wouldn’t dream of it.

Artistically, that is. The 52-year-old New Yorker might well be one of those drivers who never lets his gas drop below a quarter-tank, or a diner who always reserves. But with a trumpet in his hands, and a project in his head, Douglas is definitely a risk-taker.

To start somewhere, let’s take his new band and its debut album, to be released next week. Both are called — what else — High Risk. read more >>>



Dave Douglas is a well-established jazz player who has been an active performer since the mid-’80s and who has recorded with a number of influential ensembles, including John Zorn‘s Masada Quartet and his own Balkan music group, Tiny Bell Trio. Zach Saginaw—who records under his middle name, Shigeto—composes lightly psychedelic instrumental hip-hop and has released a number of records via the label Ghostly International. The pair first met last year, via a Red Bull Music Academy event that paired musicians—Nels Cline, Wadada Leo Smith, Petra Haden, among others—in a series of solo and duet improvisations. And while they aren’t necessarily obvious collaborators, the two hit it off. read more >>>



Nels Cline knows a thing or two. Whether the Wilco guitarist and master improviser had any sort of larger plan in mind when he hooked trumpeter Dave Douglas up with electronic musician Zachary Saginaw is up for debate, but what was initially an impromptu pairing has become a full-blown band—and you can hear that band, High Risk, at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival this weekend. read more >>>



Music via electrodes is nothing new to trumpeter Dave Douglas. He’s blended jazz with electronic music before and the results were about as consistently good as anything else he had recorded. Freak In was especially caustic mix, one that rewarded those who took the plunge and punished those who had not kept up on contemporary jazz (my boss, hearing it come out of my work computer, told me that it wasn’t music). High Risk, Douglas’ collaboration with bassist Jonathan Maron, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electronic musician Shigeto, walks closer to the heels of Douglas’s Keystone project.  read more >>>


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Dave Douglas’ “High Risk” Out Today!

Posted by: mark on June 23, 2015 @ 11:08 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


We’re happy to announce the release of Dave Douglas’ HIGH RISK. You’ve probably heard some tracks either from Pitchfork or from Resident Advisor. Maybe you’ve seen the EPK with footage from the studio. You might have even checked out this review from PopMatters. We’re excited to get this music in your hands and in your ears. Choose from CD’s, Long Play Records or Digital DownloadBuy now! HIGH RISK will be on tour in Canada and the United States for the next two weeks. Check below for their schedule.

“High Risk is about as fresh as music can get.”


High Risk on Tour

6/25/2015 | Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival |Rochester | Buy Tickets

6/26/2015 | TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival | Ottawa | Buy Tickets

6/27/2015 | TD Victoria International Jazz Festival | Victoria | Buy Tickets

6/28/15 | TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver | Buy Tickets

6/29/2015 | Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival | Saskatoon | Buy Tickets

6/30/15 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal | Buy Tickets

7/1-2/15 | Constellation | Chicago | Buy Tickets (7/1), Buy Tickets (7/2)

7/3/2015 | Iowa City Jazz Festival | Iowa City | FREE


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High Risk Available for Preorder on iTunes Today!

Posted by: mark on May 19, 2015 @ 2:29 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


We are thrilled to announce the iTunes preorder of HIGH RISKthe latest creation from trumpeter/composer/Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas. Preorder on iTunes now

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a new record probing the possibilities of improvised jazz and electronic music. Featuring an exciting new band of noted players: Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective), on electric and acoustic bass; Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt) on electric and acoustic drums; and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics.

Recorded by five-time GRAMMY® nominated Geoff Countryman (Dr. Luke, Patti LaBelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Randy Brecker, Gregory Porter, Fred Hersch) and mixed by Steve Wall (Semi Precious Weapons, Matisyahu, Meshell Ndegeocello) the album finds Douglas again walking a musical high wire. High stakes, high reward. HIGH RISK.

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Dave Douglas Updates: “High Risk,” “Sound Prints,” and “Serial Sessions”

Posted by: mark on April 8, 2015 @ 11:05 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

2GRE_CD_1042_D3011MGreenleaf co-founder Dave Douglas is rarely never idle. This week might seem jam packed with announcements, but it’s just another week here at Greenleaf Music. We’re proud to announce a new album of Dave’s called High Risk that will be released on June 23rd on Greenleaf. It features the personalities of producer/beat maker SHIGETO, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electric bassist Jonathan Maron exploring electronic improvisations based on compositions from Dave’s pen. Listen to Molten Sunshine and Cardinals below. The mix of interaction, improvisation and post production on High Risk is refreshingly easy to listen to, and delightfully escapes category. Is it electronic music? Jazz music? Trumpet Music? We can’t say, but we can assure you it’s good music.

At the same time, another project Dave has been working on with long time collaborator Joe Lovano called Sound Prints released their very first album as a group on Tuesday named “Live at Monterey Jazz Fest.” This record, available on Blue Note Records, features veteran drummer Joey Baron, bassist (and Greenleaf Artist) Linda Oh and pianist Lawrence Fields. The record is for sale at both iTunes and Amazon, and also available to stream on a variety of services here.


We also can’t forget the Serial Sessions, the 12-track album Dave recorded and produced this year exclusively for Greenleaf Music Subscribers. Each month we release a fresh track from the session to our subscribers (available as an MP3 or hi-res wave download, and on our streaming Cloud Player) and March’s track is called Hypatia. Trombonist Ryan Keberle (who released the knockout record Into the Zone last year) plays beautifully on this track and also weighs in here:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version here. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

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Dave Douglas Quintet at Snug Harbor and University of Alabama

Posted by: mark on September 29, 2014 @ 11:15 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events



Greenleaf founder Dave Douglas is headed south from October 2nd – 4th! On October 4th the Dave Douglas Quintet (featuring Greenleaf artist Linda Oh) heads to New Orleans for 2 sets (8:00 and 10:00 pm) at Frenchman Street mainstay, Snug Harbor. For more info visit snugjazz.com.

Dave will be in residency at the University of Alabama from the 2nd to the 3rd.  October 2nd he will guest perform with the U of A Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 pm and on the 3rd he’ll lead a master class at 3:00 pm and later perform with his quintet and 7:30 pm. All performances take place at Moody Hall (See poster below).



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FONT 2014 Kicks Off This Week!

Posted by: mark on September 18, 2014 @ 11:36 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events


Our fearless leader Dave Douglas kicked off the Festival of New Trumpet Music last night! The festival runs from September 17th through the 28th and features performances from the best and brightest of the New York trumpet family. See a note from Dave below and be sure to check out his tweets here. We hope to see you!

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow night FONT 2014: American•Brass•Electric opens at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. Please see our festival preview in the NYTimes!

This year our Award of Recognition, will be given to Raymond Mase and the American Brass Quintet, celebrating over 40 years of brilliance! The first Annual Roy Campbell Jr. Commission awarded to Igmar Thomas! And first Bi-Annual Laurie Frink Education Grant awarded to Riley Mulherkar!

Check out an interview with Riley Mulherkar here.

Concerts this week:

Wednesday, September 17 (info)
Smoke Jazz and Supper Club – $9 Cover.
7pm Carlos Abadie, 9pm Kirk Knuffke,
10:30pm Leon Jordan Jr, 11:30 Theljon Allen.

Thursday, September 18 (info)
Smoke Jazz and Supper Club – $9 Cover.
7pm Paul Williamson , 9pm Steve Fishwick,
10:30pm Keyon Harrold , 11:30pm Nadje Noordhuis.

Friday, September 19 (info)
7:30pm- Village Zendo -$16 online/$20 at door.
An Evening of Improvised music to the 1926 Japanese silent film “A Page of Madness”  with Tim Hagans, Aaron Shragge and James Shipp.

Saturday, September 20 (info)
Cornelia Street Cafe – $10 cover/$10 minimum.
9pm The first bi-annual Laurie Frink Career Grant Awardee! Riley Mulherkar: Two Quartets.

Saturday, September 20 (info)
Cornelia Street Cafe – $10 cover/$10 minimum.
10:30pm John McNeil Quartet featuring Ethan Iverson
Celebrating Laurie Frink.

Please buy your tickets now! Thanks.

see you there!

all the best,

Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards and Aaron Shragge.


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DD Quintet at Birdland Final Night + DD Quintet Album Sale

Posted by: mark on August 23, 2014 @ 4:17 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Dave Douglas Quintet


The Dave Douglas Quintet finishes its week long run at Birdland tonight with sets at 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm, get your tickets here. The DD Quintet Album sale continues as well. Get 20% off Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Use the coupon code “ddbirdland” at checkout!

The New York Times, The New Yorker and TimeOutNY have all offered their thoughts about this run. Here’s a recap:

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 4.04.14 PM Dave Douglas Quintet (Tuesday through Aug. 23) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas broke in a terrific new band last year, releasing two albums on his own Greenleaf label: “Be Still,” a contemplative recasting of Protestant hymns, and “Time Travel,” a more rambunctious postbop outing. The quintet — with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums — will most likely draw from both releases here. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080,birdlandjazz.com; $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)


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Always ready for challenging musical experiences, the trumpeter Douglas juggles bands the way others change shoes. A favorite ensemble seems to be his quintet, stocked with exciting younger players, including Jon Irabagon, on saxophones; Matt Mitchell, on piano; Linda Oh, on bass; and Rudy Royston,on drums. Douglas never panders to his audience, but this astute ensemble—which has recorded the albums “Be Still” and “Time Travel”—displays the agreeably accessible aspects of his artistry. (Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. 212-581-3080. Aug. 19-23.)



Leading trumpet progressive Dave Douglas keeps his schedule packed with collaborations and side projects—lately, he’s been working with Joe Lovano in the band Sound Prints, and in a duo with pianist Uri Caine, heard on the beautifully spare Present Joys. But he always reserves time for his working combo: These days, that’s a lithe quintet staffed with young virtuosos Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh and Rudy Royston, all on hand for this run.

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DD Quintet in TimeOutNY + The Sale Continues!

Posted by: mark on August 22, 2014 @ 2:59 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

The Dave Douglas Quintet continues its run at Birdland through August 23rd. (tickets here). See what TimeOutNY has to say:


We are continuing our 20% off sale on the Dave Douglas Quintet albums Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Enter the discount code “ddbirdland” at checkout to redeem!

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Dave Douglas Quintet Sale + Dave Douglas Quintet at Birdland

Posted by: mark on August 21, 2014 @ 7:50 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


The Dave Douglas Quintet continues to play 2 sets at 8:30pm and 11:00pm at Birdland through August 23rd (get your tickets here). We are offering 20% off these classic DD Quintet titles (Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery) for the duration of the run at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Enter coupon code “ddbirdland” at checkout to redeem!

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